I used the new GarageBand iOS app to tune up some beats: making music on your phone has never gotten easier!
When it comes to making music, one can’t help but imagine large studios with costly equipment being run by world-renowned artists and producers. What if I told you that an app - that occupies 4.7” of screen estate - can be almost 80% as good as a studio?
GarageBand is by no means a new app. The original app first came out in 2004, bringing an all new digital audio creation solution for the masses. In 2013, with the popularity of the iPad, Apple brought this OSX app to iOS. This also introduced touch-based instruments.
The big deal, though, is that the new GarageBand for iOS is a drastic improvement to the already excellent application. The most talked about features is the “Live Loops”, which is very similar to LaunchPad. Essentially, you can load up each square with a short loop, and tapping on it will play it. You can choose from the hundreds of loops provided by Apple or even import your own. You can also add instruments and voice (using the in-built touchscreen instruments or even external input, and using the microphone) and mix your music live. Then, using the Live Loops, you can record the music and export it.
GarageBand for iOS also borrows another super popular feature of GarageBand on iOS: Drummer. Gone are those days when you actually need to tap a touchscreen drum set to make beats. Drummer will automatically drum for you - all you do is choose complexity and loudness, select the parts of the kit you want to be played and almost magically, you’ve gotten yourself a dope drums track you can add to your Live Loops!
Of course, the original GarageBand features like multi-track editing (upto 32 tracks in parallel on the latest A9 chipset) and tuning chords are all present, and make for an excellent experience.
Now, it’s music. Music shouldn’t be only read about, it should be played. So here you go! I made some tunes only using my iPhone 6S and exporting it to SoundCloud:
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